The Foreshadowing

The Foreshadowing

by Marcus Sedgwick

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Overview

It is 1915 and the First World War has only just begun.

17 year old Sasha is a well-to-do, sheltered-English girl. Just as her brother Thomas longs to be a doctor, she wants to nurse, yet girls of her class don't do that kind of work. But as the war begins and the hospitals fill with young soldiers, she gets a chance to help. But working in the hospital confirms what Sasha has suspected--she can see when someone is going to die. Her premonitions show her the brutal horrors on the battlefields of the Somme, and the faces of the soldiers who will die. And one of them is her brother Thomas.

Pretending to be a real nurse, Sasha goes behind the front lines searching for Thomas, risking her own life as she races to find him, and somehow prevent his death.

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780553487855
Publisher: Random House Children's Books
Publication date: 01/08/2008
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 304
Product dimensions: 4.11(w) x 6.91(h) x 0.85(d)
Age Range: 14 - 17 Years

About the Author

Marcus Sedgwick is the award-winning author of Floodland, Witch Hill, The Dark Horse, The Book of Dead Days, and The Dark Flight Down. He is a sales representative for Walker Books in London. The author lives in England.

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It is 1915 and the First World War has only just begun. Seventeen-year-old Sasha is a well-to-do, sheltered English girl. Just as her brother Thomas longs to be a doctor, she wants to nurse, yet girls of her class don't do that kind of work. But as the war begins and the hospitals fill with young soldiers, she gets a chance to help. But working in the hospital confirms what Sasha has suspected-she can see when someone is going to die. Her premonitions show her the brutal horrors on the battlefields of the Somme, and the faces of the soldiers who will die. And one of them is her brother Thomas. Pretending to be a real nurse, Sasha goes behind the front lines searching for Thomas, risking her own life as she races to find him, and somehow prevent his death.

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Foreshadowing 3.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 28 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
As usual for one of Marcus Sedgwick's books, the plot is well-crafted and inspiring. There is an ongoing feeling that the author knows what he is talking about. However, the narrative style is desperately off-putting. There is plenty of description but it somehow fails to strike a chord with your imagination and the book comes across as completely colourless. Telling the story with a certain simplicity can make it very much more moving, but as this is done all the way through the book it starts to become dreary and Alexandra's perspective loses credibility. However, a certain style will appeal to some and not to others: therefore if you enjoyed other books by Marcus Sedgwick, it is likely you will enjoy this one.
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kayceel on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Interesting - I liked the glimpse into what been a nurse (or doctor) in wartime is like, though I was not thrilled all the way through¿
ohioyalibrarian on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Imagine you can see people's deaths in advance. You know that when you dream their deaths or see something in their eyes, that they are not long for this world. No one believes you when you tell them you can do this. You feel afraid and misunderstood. You live in England in the midst of World War I. Your eldest brother is at war. You dream his death and it happens. Now your other brother is at war too. You dream his death as well. But this time, you think you have to try to stop it. But how can a young girl stop what is destined to happen on a battlefield? And is it possible to change the future you have already foretold? Find out in "The Foreshadowing" by Marcus Sedgwick.
teacherddunn on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Divided into very short chapters that read a bit like a diary leading to weak character development. Interesting story line, but it doesn't really pick up until about halfway through. Great ending!
monica.mott2191 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Sasha is a 17 year old English girl. She was well brought up in a good family. He father is a doctor. Her eldest brother,Edgar, has gone off to fight in the war. That war is World War I. Her second eldest brother wants to be a doctor, too. To her father disapproves the fact that he doesn't want to go to war. Sasha Wants to be a nurse and help people, but her father also disapproves of that. He says that girls like her shouldn't do somthing such as that. The sights are, too grusome. Thomas, the brother that wants to be a doctor, has been white feathered several time.When a man recives a white feather from a girl, is means they think he is a coward for not going to war. Sasha sounds like a normal girl of the early 1900s, but she is not, she sees things. She has visions of people's deaths. If she touchs them or touchs an object that they touched she can sense if they are already dead or if they will die soon. During Christmas, she and her family recive a card from Edgar saying that things are good and for them to have a merry christmas. Sasha's father won't let her or anyone else touch the card. So late one night she goes down and gets the card. She has to know if Edgar is still alive. When she touchs it, she is devistated, he is dead. She doesn't tell her family, they already think she is crazy enough. When the news reaches them Thomas decides to go to war. Their father finds a safe group for him to join after telling them that he was not going to be a doctor during the war, But Thomas refuses and says why should I be any safer than the rest of the men on the frontline. After he leaves, Sasha has a terrible dream where she sees thomas getting shot. She senses that it hasn't happened yet, but will happen soon. So she steals someone else's papers that gave premission to work at a hospital, nursing soldiers back to health in order to find her brother before her gets killed,too. In the hospital she hears of a man who is like her. He knows when people die,but he finds out just by looking at them. She talks to him and begs him to help her. He reluctantly says yes. So they start their search. To stay on the safe side, they found a uniform of a soldier who died and she put it on and they hacked her hair off. So they followed the devision Thomas was in. The men in his devision travelled on foot while Sasha and the doctor travelled by motorcycle. They quickly caught up to find out that they weren't there and went were they told them they had gone. They finally caught up and Sasha spotted Thomas. She called him and they ran to each other and hugged. He asked why she had come. She said that she came because she knew he was going to die soon, but he didn't believe her. He left. She asked the doctor to go after him he did and they both returned, but before the doctor left he gave her a gun and told her to protect herself. When they returned Sasha and thomas talked. He told her the real reason why he chose not to go into the safer group. He said it was because after Edgar died, he lost all desire to live and it was the quickest way to be killed. The only way her would come home was if he was injured bad enough that that they wouldn't let him go on any longer. So gun still in her hand as he turned and left, she raised the gun She aimed the gun at his leg, but the force of the recoil makes the bullet hit him in the chest, luckily missing him heart and lungs. So he lives.Yes I liked the book. I liked it because it had a lot of suprising events in it. It was also mysterious. The thing that caught my eye was the fact that Sasha could see people's deaths. I gave it the rating i did becuase it didn't have a lot of thing that i look for in book. I also gave it the rating I did becuase it was good. It was interesting and mysterious and for that it was good. It was also well writen and It gave lots of facts. I was learning without realizing that I was learning.
picardyrose on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
A lot of buildup for a climax I could see coming way ahead. Very nice atmosphere; I just wish something more realistic had been at stake.
MrsHillReads on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Great war book told from a young woman's point of view.
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I usually only enjoy books that keep me on the edge of my seat, and let me tell you this book kept me RIGHT on the edge of my seat..and that ending?!?!?! MUST READ
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You have to read it to belive it...
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t_mock More than 1 year ago
The Foreshadowing is a tragic story about one girl trying to face the world with a secret no on would believe is true. Based on World War I, one young girl and her family must deal with their eldest son,Edgar, going off to the war to fight. One christmas the family recieves a letter home from Edgar wishing his family well, but the young girl,Alexandra, knows this will be the last they talk to their beloved son and brother. She has seen it all, his tragic death, and how it has happened. This is not the first time Alexandra has had to deal with seeing deaths of people around her. This power was discovered when she was five years old,and predicted her best friends death,but at such a young age no one had believed her. Now she is grown up. The war continues and her second brother,Thomas, is old enough to fight. Putting his career behind him, he sets off to France, in the hope of ending the war. Alexandra is scared, she has seen his death in a dream.Fearing she may loose another brother, she runs away to France in search of Jack, in hope that she will be able to save him,hoping it is not too late. With the help of Jack, a lonley mail carrier, she sets off on, what maybe be a hopeless, journey.
Read The Foreshadowing by Marcus Sedgwick to learn about the twisted story of a young girl with a horrible destination.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Alexandra's (Sasha) story is very deep and moving.

A suspenseful story with kind characters.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
This book was so suspensful. I couldn't even stop reading to play video games. This book will blow your mind. I recomend this book to everyone.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I saw the cover of this book and wondered what itd be about. I saw wings (I like wings), and I saw barbed wires. This book wasnt scarey, but gave me a creepy chill down my spine at times. The main things I could pull out from this is...war, nurses, and a girl with premonitions. She only has premonitions of death and hasnt tried to stop any, but one day she gets a glimpse of her brothers future. That changes things for her. She meets a guy who also has premonitions, and although they may disagree at times, they always pulled through. She was a voluntary nurse, but disguised herself as an impostor to get a ride to see her brother at the war....you just gotta read it yourself. :)
Guest More than 1 year ago
this book definitely does a good job of keeping you in suspense. i thought i knew how it would end, but i was wrong. props for that!